UPDATE Partying German beggar posts pics with ‘lady friends’ at Kuta bar
Pictures of a bule (westerner) panhandling at a traffic light in Bali have been getting a mix of sympathy and criticism since they were posted to Facebook on Sunday.
Local media have identified the man in the photos as German citizen Benjamin Holst (spellings of his last name have varied across different Indonesian media sources) and the location as a light at Jl. Bypass Ir Soekarno Hatta in Peken, Tabanan.
“Please help him so he can be repatriated to his country, because doing that could help Bali’s image abroad,” one person commented on the Facebook post.
While another netizen drew a link between the Tabanan panhandler and a German man who is apparently famous for begging around the world, in places like Bangkok and the Philippines.
“He is professional beggar. Did the same in Bangkok, got help as some people collected funds, spend the money on party and continued begging. Just don’t give him anything,” the netizen advised.
“If the Indo people realy want to help him, the immigration should put him in jail for some weeks because of working as a begger without Appropriate visa. Just deporting doesnt give him a lesson,” the netizen continued.
So, could this guy really be the one and the same German ‘scammer’ who was found begging on Bangkok’s famous Khaosan Road back in 2014? Back then, the German embassy arranged for the man to fly back home, but he instead skipped out with donated money for some wild partying in Pattaya. Sure looks like the same guy—the man’s trademarked swollen foot is a bit of a dead giveaway!
Last we heard, the German was spotted in Denmark in November 2014 and more recently in Manila just several months ago. Guess he sure gets around!
Travelling German beggar with swollen leg is now in Metro Manila
German beggar on Khaosan Road rescued
German beggar spends donated cash drinkin’ and partyin’ in Pattaya
Everyone’s favorite German beggar spotted begging in Denmark
You have the right to GTFO: German beggar to be deported (BONUS VIDEO!)
Editor’s Note: Additional information has been added to this article.
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